This week, Abi Williams, Ph.D., LCSW, CSAT, CMAT, CGP joins Austin Recovery, a non-profit provider of residential drug and alcohol treatment in Texas, as Senior Clinical Advisor. The agency, which merged with The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston a year ago, plans to utilize Williams’ expertise in family work and co-occurring disorders as it prepares for the upcoming launch of The Council’s flagship program, the Center for Recovering Families (CRF), in Austin this spring.
Williams helped to develop the CRF program along with her late mother, CRF founder Mary Bell. She spent 20 years with the program while also receiving certifications in Sex Addiction Therapy and Multiple Addiction Therapy, and training in eating disorders, process addictions, codependency, and group psychotherapy. Williams left CRF in 2010 when her family moved to central Texas. After 2010, she continued working in the field clinically, helping develop psychoeducational curricula and intensive family programs for Austin-area residential treatment centers.
"What has always set the Center for Recovering Families apart is the emphasis on the family, as well as a staff commitment to quality," said Williams. "The staff at Austin Recovery exhibit the same level of quality, and have long recognized the importance of incorporating the family into treatment. This program will meet a crucial need in the Austin treatment community, and Austin Recovery is just the center to take this on."